Golden touch nets Simmons award
Angelo Simmons, the Dandy Town striker, achieved a hat-trick of a different kind on the final day of the Premier Division season at the weekend.
Simmons bagged four goals in his team’s 6-1 victory over relegated Somerset Trojans at St John’s Field on Sunday to take his league tally to 23 and pip X-Roads striker Donavan Thompson for this season’s golden boot by a single goal.
It is the third time that Simmons has topped the scoring charts in the top flight in the past four seasons.
“It’s a great achievement,” he said. “I am very pleased to have won it again and it’s a great honour.”
Simmons praised his team-mates and said without their support the feat would not have been possible.
“I believe in my team-mates more than anything and if it wasn’t for them I would not have got it,” he said.
“I really have to give them the credit because they helped me to get [the golden boot award]. It wasn’t just me, they really gave me the push to get it.”
Simmons opened his account against the Trojans in the 34th minute when he received a pass inside the area and beat the goalkeeper with a toe poke.
He grabbed a second in the 53rd minute when he dribbled down the right side of the box, cut in on his defender and rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
The former Boulevard player completed his hat-trick and drew level with Thompson in the race for the golden boot in the 78th minute with a shot from the edge of the area that found the bottom corner.
Simmons added a fourth ten minutes later to complete the route and nudge ahead of Thompson and claim another golden-boot.
“I knew I needed four outright to win it and I always knew I could do it,” he said.
“I told myself that I was going to do it and I’m just glad I did.
“It’s the third time I’ve achieved it in the last four years; it’s a very big achievement.
“It’s something special for the club to show that we are coming back to where we belong, and that’s on top.”
Southampton Rangers Jarazinho Bassett finished as the First Division’s leading scorer with 20 goals, three more than Somerset Eagles forward Leo Burgess.
Dandy Town finished third in the Premier Division table with 35 points.